Romantic outdoor Nassau, Bahamas, nightclub featured in Thunderball, where Bond (Sean Connery) dances with Domino (Claudine Auger) and discovers that she is leaving Nassau in two days’ time. The real Café Martinique lies on Paradise Island, a two-mile strip of sand and rock that forms the outer edge of Nassau Harbor. Here, in the mid-1960s, Nassau’s elite arrived every evening in their motor launches to eat, drink, and dance to the wonderful melodies of the tropics. In this lush atmosphere, Domino begins to fall in love with Bond.
How do you cast 150 extras to play a group of rich socialites and tourists? If you’re Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, you don’t use extras at all. With the help of Patty Turtle of the Nassau Tourist Board and an offer to donate a sum of money to the local Red Cross, the producers convinced a group of Nassau’s social elite to portray themselves at two all-night parties, during which director Terence Young shot his key sequences. Eon Productions threw in a bucket of the finest caviar and several cases of Dom Pérignon champagne. The same group was later hired to attend the special Junkanoo parade, which was organized especially for Thunderball.
Note: When Thunderball was being produced, the only way to get to Paradise Island was by motor launch. Thanks to a bridge that was constructed in 1967 (and others that followed), motor launches are no longer necessary.